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Baseball Hall of Fame Players

Bert Blyleven

The master of the greatest curveball thrown in baseball history, Bert ranks #5 on the all-time strikeout list

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Whitey Ford

Yankees legend as one of the most beloved New York Yankees.  Whitey won 6 World Series and the '61 Cy Young Award

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Ferguson Jenkins

Fergie is the only Canadian in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  He was the winner of 284 carer games and many of that total was amassed with inferior teams

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Gaylord Perry

Gaylord was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. He published an entertaining autobiography "Me and the Spitter" in 1974 and is a motivational speaker and entertainer

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Tim Raines

Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016, Rock was the NL Batting Champ in 1986, a 7-time All Star and a 4-time stolen base champ.  His 808 career stolen bases ranks him 5th all-time 

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Baseball All-Stars & Other Players

Willie Mays Aikens

Talented slugger destroyed his career with drugs and spend 14 years in prison.  His message is one that you have to hear!

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Jesse Barfield

Jesse led the Major Leagues in home runs in 1986 along with winning a Gold Glove and driving in over 100 RBI.

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Buddy Biancalana

Buddy was "in the zone" during the 1985 World Series for the KC Royals and encourntered more fame when David Letterman had him on his show

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Steve Blass

Won both his starts in the 1971 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates

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Sid Bream

Sid was a popular player in all 3 cities in which he played.  He is known for his good work around the bag at first base and strong bat

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Bill Buckner

Won the NL batting championship in 1980 and hit over .300 in seven seasons of his career

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Bert Campaneris

A leader on the Amazing A's teams which won 3 consecutive World Series Championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974

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John Candelaria

The "Candy Man" posted 20 wins against only 5 losses for an .800 winning percentage to lead the league in that regard

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Bernie Carbo

Hit a pinch-hit home run in game 6 to tie the game of the 1975 World Series to allow Carlton Fisk to win the game with his memorable home run

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Dave Cash

Second baseman was a many time All-Star with the Pirates, Phillies and Expos who went on to coach in the Majors

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Warren Cromartie

A member of baseball's best outfield of the era with the Montreal Expos

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Mike Davis

Outfielder for the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Dodgers who played in the 1988 world Series for the Dodgers against the A's

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Tommy Davis

Two-time National League batting Champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Mike Easler

"The Hit Man" hit over .300 in 4 different seasons and won the World Series with the 1979 Pirates

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Mark Eichhorn

Sidearming pitcher dominated relief pitching in 1986 with a 1.72 ERA

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Jim Essian

Both a player and a manager in the Major Leagues.  He was a catcher for 5 different clubs in 12 seasons.  Became interim manager of the Chicago Cubs when Don Zimmer was fired and in his only season led the Cubs to a 59-63 record

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Tony Fernandez

Shortstop for the 1993 World Series Champion Blue Jays won 4 Gold Gloves during his long career

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Cecil Fielder

One of the great power hitters of all-time.  No player in the Majors hit more home runs than Cecil Fielder between 1990-1995.  Cecil is the father of MLB slugger Prince Fielder.

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Tim Foli

Tim will always be known as a fiery player, having once held the nickname Crazy Horse.  He finished in the top ten of the League for best strikeout ratio five times in his career and was one of the most difficult players for pitchers to strike out

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George Foster

A member of the Cincinnati Reds' Big Red Machine, George hit 52 homeruns and knocked in 149 RBI in 1977 to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

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Tito Fuentes

Flashy second baseman who could both hit and field

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Oscar Gamble

Loved by fans in every city in which he played, Oscar was a clutch player whom teams relied upon for the long ball in critical situations.  Oscar usually obliged

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Rod Gaspar

Rod was a switch-hitting outfielder and a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets

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Steve Garvey

National League MVP , 10-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner for the Dodgers and Padres

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Sean Gibson

Great Grandson of Legendary slugger Josh Gibson

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Jerry Grote

The catcher who became a fan favorite in New York and was an integral part of the 1969 Miracle Mets World Series winning team

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Kelly Gruber

An all-star in 1989 and 1990, Kelly had a breakthrough season in '90 with 31 homerun and 118 RBI plus he hit for the cycle that season

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Juan Guzman

Blue Jays ace won the 1992 and 1993 World Series with the team and also won the 1996 AL ERA title

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Ed Hearn

Catcher for the '86 WS Champ Mets, has since overcome a kidney transplant and cancer

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Tom Henke

 

Tom “The Terminator” Henke is the perfect name for a relief pitcher who came into a game throwing gas.  At 6’5” tall with glasses and a mid-90’s fastball, coupled with a devasting forkball, Henke was a force out of the bullpen for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Pat Hentgen

Winner of the 1996 American League Cy Young Award won the World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in both 1992 and 1993

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John Hiller

After suffering a heart attack in 1971, this Tiger reliever returned to the team and recorded 38 saves in 1973- a major league record until 1983 and a team record until 2000

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Brian Holman

Former Red, Expo and Mariner knows the pain of personal loss and overcoming adversity.  Brian uses his life experiences to inspire and encourage his audience

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Willie Horton

Willie played in the Majors for 18  years, including 15 with his beloved hometown Detroit Tigers

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Jerry Howarth

Toronto Blue Jays long-time play-by-play announcer

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Al Hrabosky

The "Mad Hungarian" would stomp off the mound and turn his back on the hitter.  Al worked himself into a frenzied state then whirled around and pounded the ball into his glove.  That's intimidation!

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Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

Mamie was one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues along with Connie Morgan and Toni Stone.  Johnson played professional baseball for three seasons, from 1953 to 1955, with the Indianapolis Clowns.

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Randy Jones

A Cy Young Award winning pitcher whose best pitch hi 73 to 75 miles per hour on the radar gun

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Brian Jordan

Brian Jordan is only one of three athletes to play in both the NFL and Major League Baseball.

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Jim Kaat

Jim pitched in the Majors in the decades of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's winning 283 career games

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Don Kessinger

A slick shortstop who rarely missed a ball.  Don was the shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1964 to 1975

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Mike Kingery

Batted .345 in 1994 for the Colorado Rockies

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Jerry Koosman

Jerry Koosman was one of the premier pitchers in Major League Baseball during his 19 seasons in the big leagues for 1967 to 1985

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Corey Koskie

The Twins third baseman possessed power along with solid defence and is now in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

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Mike Lavalliere

Mike was a catcher on the great Pirates' team of the early '90's which went to the NLCS three consecutive years.  Won a Gold Glove in 1987

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Gary Lavelle

A true reliever who started only 3 games in his 745 appearances

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Bill "Spaceman" Lee

Red Sox pitcher who was one of the game's few counterculture symbols as he championed environmental causes, practiced yoga, ate health foods, pondered Einstein and Vonnegut, quoted from Mao and studied Eastern philosophers

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Ron LeFlore

Detroit Tiger favorite is the only player in history to lead in both NL & AL in stolen bases.  Signed out of prison by the Tigers, this "thief" took his thievery to the base paths

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Mickey Lolich

Named MVP of the 1968 World Series for the Detroit Tigers by capturing three complete game victories over the favored St. Louis Cardinals

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Jim Lonborg

Hit his stride in 1967 when he went 22-9, won the Cy Young Award, was named an All-Star and pitched a one-hitter in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pitchers don't come much better than that!

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Fred Lynn

In 1975, Fred was the first player in MLB history to win both the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Valuable Player Award which he did for the Boston Red Sox

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Bill Madlock

Bill was a pure hitter.  He is one of only eleven players in the history of Major League Baseball to be a four time Batting Champion. 

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Tippy Martinez

Had the rare feat of getting all 3 outs in an inning by picking runners off first base

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Henry Mason

Henry pitched in the Negro Leagues for the great Kansas City Monarchs and also in the Majors with the Phillies

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John Matlack

Imagine being Jon and winning the 1972 National League Rookie of the Year Award, but be a pitcher on the same team as Nolan Ryan, Tom Sever and Jerry Koosman.  That was Jon's lot with the New York Mets

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Fred McGriff

One of baseball's all time leaders in power & run production stats & a likely future Hall of Famer

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Omar Moreno

A key member of the "We are Family" Pirates World Championship team of 1979, Omar was at the top of the league in stolen bases every season

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Lloyd Moseby

"Shaker" made the All-Star team in 1985 and was considered with George Bell and Jesse Barfield the best outfield in baseball in the mid to late 1980's.  His best year was in 1983 as he led the league with 15 triples and won the Silver Slugger Award

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Donnell Nixon

One of the speedy Nixon brothers, Donell played 4 Major League seasons from 1987 to 1990

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Al Oliver

"Scoop" was named to the All Rookie Team in 1969, won a World Series Championship in 1971 with the Pittsburgh Pirates an later won the 1982 National League Batting Championship with the Montreal Expos

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Fritz Peterson

One of the best left-handed control pitcher of the 20th century, Fritz's personal life overshaowed his talent.  He was a principal in an off-field trade that took place in 1973.  Fritz and his Yankee teammate Mike Kekich traded wives, children, houses and even dogs.   Fritz and his wife remain happily married to this day.

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Laura Posada

The wife of former Yankee catcher, Jorge Posada, Laura is an exceptional motivational speaker in both English and Spanish languages.  Certified Life Coach, author, Certified Personal Trainer, philanthropist, attorney, TV personality & Foundation co-founder are all titles that Laura wears.  

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Greg Pryor

Played 2nd base, 3rd base and shortstop for the Royals and won the 1985 World Series with the team.  Greg now owns a health & nutrional supplement company is is a qualified speaker on health-related issues

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Terry Puhl

One of the first Canadians to play MLB.  Played 15 seasons for the Houston Astros and was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995

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Jerry Reuss

Jerry Pitched in the majors for 22 seasons throwing a no-hitter for the Dodgers before moving to the broadcast booth as an announcer.

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J.R. Richard

One of the most feared pitchers in the 1970's, the fireballer was dominating the game when he was felled by a stroke at age 30.  He became broke and homeless before turning his life around through his faith

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Chris Robinson

Chris got his first major league hit with a 3-run home run for the Padres in 2013.  This Canadian-born catcher represented his country in many international competitions

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Jim Rooker

A member of the 1979 World Series winning Pirates.  He pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in Game 1 of the Series and helped the Pirates win against the Orioles in Game 5 with a remarkable effort

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Joe Rudi

The quiet, unnoticed, underrated superstar of the Oakland A's dynasty of the early 1970's

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Bret Saberhagen

Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner and 1985 World Series MVP was also a Gold Glove winner and a 3-time All-Star

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Billy Sample

A 9-year veteran of MLB, Billy is also the author of a book, a broadcaster, a writer and a playwright.  His sharp wit makes him a popular speaker.

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Manny Sanguillen

Catcher on 1971 and 1979 Pirates World Series World Championship teams.  Manny hit .300+ consistently whole hitting balls that bounced in the dirt or were over  his head.  There wasn't a pitch that he didn't like

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Art Shamsky

Art, a key member of the 1969 Miracle Mets, batted .300 that season and .537 in the National League playoffs

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Pedro Sierra

Pedro left his native Cuba at age 16 to come to America to play in the Negro Leagues with the Indianapolis Clowns.  It was with the Clowns in 1954 that Pedro played for Hall of Fame legend Oscar Charleston.

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Duke Sims

 A catcher who was a terrific handler of pitchers.   A very intelligent man who can present on in-depth topics such as economics, ploitics, finances, and health.

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Aaron Small

Aaron will always be remembered for the fantastic season he put together for the New York Yankees in 1985 when he went 10 -0 becoming just the 4th pitcher in MLB history to win at least 10 games in a season without a loss

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Reggie Smith

Reggie Smith was one of the stars of his era and was named to the All-Star team seven times in his career.  His 314 career home runs rank him #4 all-time on the switch hitters list.

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Paul Spolijaric

A rare Canadian who got to play Major League baseball for his home country with the Blue Jays, retiring after the 2000 season

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Matt Stairs

 Matt Stairs could flat-out hit!  His MLB career spanned an amazing 19 seasons, the most ever by a Canadian-born position player.  During that time, he set an MLB record for most career pinch-hit home runs with 23

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Rennie Stennett

Collected 7 hits in a single 9-inning game in 1975, the only time in this century this has been done.  Rennie won the World Series with the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates

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Jim Sundberg

3 time All-Star who won the World Series with the 1985 Kansas City Royals.  He is now a top motivational speaker

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Frank Tanana

Frank won 240 career games.  In his early career, he was a flame-throwing wild man while in the later part of his career, he was a crafty, finesse pitcher

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Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor is a man who has a lot of saves in his lifetime.  He was a key reliever for the New York Mets and other teams and saved 72 games in his 11-year career.  Then, in his second career, Dr. Ron Taylor saved many lives through his medical practice.

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Ron Teasley

Ron was an outfielder for the Detroit Cubs, Toledo Cubs, Toledo Crawfords, Toledo Rays, Detroit Wolves and New York Cubans form 1939 to 1948.  He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 and released that same year.  He then signed with the New York Cubans

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Jason Thompson

Jason had two "career years"- one in each league.  With the Tigers in 1977, he hit 31 home runs to go with 105 RBI's.  Then in 1982 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he again clobbered 31 home runs to go with 101 RBI's

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Andre Thornton

One of the best-loved Cleveland Indian players in the history of the team.  Fans remember him for his powerful swing along with his tremendous humanitarian compassion

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Luis Tiant

Luis baffled hitters with a rocking, twisting windup and an assortment of release points that ranged from over-the-top to nearly underhand. 

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Steve Trout

"Rainbow" Trout pitched in the Major Leagues from 1978 to 1989.  Steve is the son of another great pitcher, "Dizzy" Trout who pitched some fantastic seasons for the Detroit Tigers from 1940 to 1953

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Willie Upshaw

Blue Jays first baseman, Willie was the first player in franchise history to knock in 100+ RBI's in a season

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Ellis Valentine

Speed, power and a cannon for an arm- that is how this Expos and Mets outfielder has been described

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Ozzie Virgil

Ozzie is a second generation Major Leaguer.  His father, Ozzie Virgil Sr. played in the Majors from 1956 to 1969 and was the first Black player on the Detroit Tigers roster in 1958

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Duane Ward

Star closer of the Toronto Blue Jays World Championship teams of 1992 and 1993

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Jon Warden

A member of the 1968 World Series winning Detroit Tigers.  Jon played in the Major Leagues for only one season- 1968.  A highly sought entertainer on the banquet circuit for his hysterical baseball stories and comedy

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Bob Watson

Astros slugging first baseman, General Manager of  the Yankees World Series team & General Manager of Team USA, Vice President of On-Field Operations for MLB- what hasn't Bob done?!?!?  Knowledgeable and articulate

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Devon White

Devo won 7 career Gold Gloves, proving himself to be one of the greatest defensive outfielders of all time.  Won 2 World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays and a 3rd with the Florida Marlins

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Milt Wilcox

An effective 3rd starter in Detroit behind aces Jack Morris and Dan Petry.  Over a 7 year period with the Tigers, Wilcox won 90 games including a career-high 17 in 1984

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Maury Wills

The first player to pass the century mark in stolen bases in a single season.  Maury was also National League MVP in 1962

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Mookie Wilson

A hero for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series, Mookie was a speedster and leader for the Mets and later for the Blue Jays

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Willie Wilson

Royals lead-off hitter was the fastest man in baseball during his time

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Wilbur Wood

A 20-game winner 4 consecutive seasons, only to lose 20 games the following season

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Alvis Woods

Hit a home run on the first Major League pitch he ever faced for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977

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Jimmy Wynn

The first superstar of the Houston Astros.  He combined tremendous power & speed into a diminutive & powerful 5'9", 170lb body thus earning the nickname "The Toy Cannon" 

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